Isolation is tackled at new support group

Members of the MS Support Group who met in Motherwell
Members of the MS Support Group who met in Motherwell

A support group for people from across North Lanarkshire diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has held its first meeting in Motherwell.

Lanarkshire MS already meets on the first Tuesday of every month in Greenside Garden Centre, Newhouse, and decided to hold a second meeting.

It now also meets on the third Wednesday of every month in the All Stars Bistro of Firpark Secondary.

Members gather to enjoy some refreshments and companionship as well find out information about their condition.

MS is a disease of the nervous system which attacks the protective sheath around the nerves and means messages from the brain cannot be received properly.

The group is organised by Geraldine Ward, who has MS herself and wanted to help stop people with MS from feeling alone.

After volunteering with the MS Society she undertook a four-week training course which taught her all she needed to know about running a group and is delighted with the response.

Geraldine said: “It is great to give people somewhere to socialise as when you have MS there is a great feeling of isolation and I am so happy with the response the groups have received, both at Newhouse and now in Motherwell.

“MS can effect any part of the body, be it the eye, the arms, the legs, so we have several members confined to wheelchair, but everyone manages to come along, and we have big plans going forward.

“Obviously the social side is important, but as well as that we can also provide them with any help or information they need.”

For more information about Lanarkshire MS call Geraldine on 07582479440 or e-mail